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Your IT Resume – 15 Basic Components

Your IT Resume is the story of your work experience and life experience. Your IT Resume should effectively present present ALL of your career experience, education, training and most importantly your achievements in an easy to read quick-scan 3-column format.

Length of Your IT Resume

There are many opinions passed around about how long a resume should be, the information that shouldn’t be put in the resume, how many years back you should go when including jobs and so on. A resume needs to include as much information about you as possible and with many key words.

The more years of training and experience that you have the longer your resume with become. I recommend that you use a long detailed, CV-style resume for submission to job site databases and an Executive Summary version that contains the basic info.

The basic components of Your IT Resume are:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Social Media
  3. Languages Spoken
  4. Degrees, Diplomas
  5. Certifications
  6. Education
  7. Professional/Technical Training
  8. Work Experience
  9. Community & Volunteer Experience
  10. Sports
  11. Competitive & Team Sports
  12. Awards & Prizes
  13. Hobbies
  14. Travel
  15. Places Lived

1. Contact Information

  1. Your Name
  2. Email:
  3. Mobile: +1-nnn-xxx-xxxx or other country specific
  4. City/Town, Province/State, Country, Zip Code/Postal Code

2. Social Media

  1. LinkedIn: profile link
  2. other social media where you may have a portfolio

3. Languages Spoken

  1. English: spoken (Your proficiency level) written (Your proficiency level)
    – many people forget to include English when it is their mother tongue. It is a key word.
  2. A Language: spoken (Your proficiency level) written (Your proficiency level)

4. Degrees, Diplomas & Certifications

  1. Degree/Diploma/Certification – list all


5. Education

  1. Degree
  2. Institution
  3. City, State/Province, Country
  4. Dates attended – if not completed add “Partial” under dates
Degree UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE/SCHOOL
City, State/Province, Country
mm/yyyy – mm/yyyy
Partial
Degree UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE/SCHOOL
City, State/Province, Country
mm/yyyy – mm/yyyy

7. Professional/Technical Training

  1. Certification/Designation
  2. Institution
  3. City, State/Province, Country
  4. Dates attended – if not completed add “Partial” under dates

8. Work Experience

For each position provide the following:

  1. Position/Title
  2. Company/Organization
  3. Years
  4. City/Town, State/Province, Country
  5. What did your employer do? One sentence.
  6. How many employees in your location and in your work group.
  7. Title of your immediate supervisor.
  8. Your responsibilities
  9. Your achievements. Quantify as many as possible such as increased turn around time by 10%.
  10. Technical environment
Job Title EMPLOYER
City, State/Province, Country
mm/yyyy – mm/yyyy
  Employer is blah blah blah  
  My group/team employing xx provided blah blah blah
Reported to: Title
Responsibilities:
Major Achievements:
Technical Environment:
 

10. Community & Volunteer Experience

  1. Role/Title
  2. Organization
  3. City, State/Province, Country
  4. Years


9. Awards & Prizes

  1. Award/Prize
  2. Awarded by who?
  3. Why did you receive the award
  4. Year

12. Sports

  1. Sport name
  2. Years

13. Competitive & Team Sports

Playing on a team helps to develop many skills that are transferable to the workplace. It is also a way to connect with people who have played the same sport.

  1. Position
  2. Team Name
  3. City, State/Province, Country
  4. Years

14. Hobbies

  1. List all of your hobbies

11. Travel

We live in a multicultural world. We connect with people when we can talk about shared places that we have visited. More importantly a job opportunity may require that someone be familiar with other cultures.

  1. Country & cities

15. Places Lived

  1. City/Town, State/Province, Country

In closing

Your IT Resume is your career life story and it should present all of your career experience – not just information technology experience, education, training and most importantly your achievements in an easy to read, quick scan format.

The length of your IT resume will be determined by your years of experience, not by an arbitrary one or two page limit.

Richard E. Ward
Your IT Job Search Coaching

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